This beautiful, sweet Regency romance from beloved author Jane Ashford takes you to a glittering world of revelations and romance, where a lonely earl can find love where he least expects it…
Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, has helped four young noblemen recover from grief and find love, but he's learned to live his own life as a widower. Yet when he returns home after traveling, his estate feels too empty, and he quickly heads to London. There, he encounters Teresa Alvarez de Granada, a charming Spanish noblewoman and is immediately entranced.
There is no room for earls in the quiet, safe life Teresa has finally found for herself. The earl might be charming and handsome, but she knows firsthand how dangerous attraction can be. The more determined Teresa is to discourage Arthur, the more entangled they get, and it's only a matter of time before her respect for him starts to feel a lot like love.
Praise for Jane Ashford's Regency romances:
"Humor, drama, mystery, romance, intrigue, and a surprising ending."—Harlequin Junkie for How to Cross a Marquess
"An irresistible love story."—Library Journal for A Duke Too Far
"Expertly crafted…another triumph of nuanced characterization and sparkling wit."—Booklist for Nothing Like a Duke
Ashford concludes her The Way to a Lord's Heart series (after A Duke Too Far) with this sweet romance set in Regency London's theater world. Arthur Shelton, the widowed Earl of Macklin, meets set painter Se ora Teresa Alvarez de Granada while in London visiting his friend Tom, an aspiring actor. Arthur is immediately drawn to the stunning, independent Spanish woman, but she resists his charms. When several of the theater's dancers mysteriously disappear, Arthur, Tom, and Teresa join forces to search for the missing women. Teresa and Arthur grow closer, but she has resolved never again to let any man dictate her life after being coerced into a traumatizing relationship by a friend of her father's. She reveals her painful backstory to Arthur, thinking it will make him want to keep his distance but it only leaves Arthur determined to protect her. Ashford's chaste, emotional romance highlights the inequities faced by 19th-century women of all classes. This series finale will satisfy Regency fans with its quick-witted characters and engaging love story. \n
A Red Waistcoat with Silver Stripes
Over the last year, Arthur Shelton, Earl of Macklin, helped a group of four young men cope with the death of a loved one, to let go of the past, learn to live again, and find love. When his family leaves after their Christmas celebrations, he decides it is time for him to follow suit. While visiting his young friend Tom, he meets Teresa Alvarez. Teresa fled Spain to escape the horrors of Napoleon’s rampage. She paints scenery at the theatre workshop where Tom works. Arthur is taken with her immediately. Could she be part of the new life he desires? Will she even wish to be part of his future?
This is a wonderful story of second chances. The exciting plot has lots of action, adventure, and danger wrapped around an engaging courtship. Arthur and Teresa are joined by an awesome cast of characters. Tom, the three young ladies who love to solve mysteries and puzzles, and Miss Julia Grandison are absolutely delightful. The villains are just that. Arthur changes and loses some of his prim attitude during the story. You will love the red waistcoat with silver stripes and what happened when he wore it. An enjoyable read. I recommend it.
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